Drought Conditions Place Huge Pressure On Vegetable Growers

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the Teagasc report which quantifies the impact of the continuing drought on the Irish field vegetable sector. The report concludes that at best, growers have significant yield reductions while in other situations entire crops have perished.   It also details the extra financial costs incurred from irrigation etc.as growers battle to […]

New Climate Report Must Be Supported By Implementation – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the climate report published by the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and called for its proposals regarding farm-scale renewables and supports for improving on-farm efficiencies to be urgently implemented. Thomas Cooney said, “This report and the recently published climate abatement report by Teagasc, have identified the necessary actions. It is […]

Anger At Agri-Loan Delay

IFA President Joe Healy has said it is a complete farce that the agri-loan scheme announced in last October’s Budget would not be available to farmers until the end of this year.   “Farmers were already frustrated that the Minister had indicated that it would be the second half of 2018 when money would be […]

Teagasc’s Climate Blueprint Must Be Underpinned By Action – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the report recently published by Teagasc on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture as “an important blueprint, setting out the necessary policy measures that Government must introduce”. He said it also outlines the areas that the national farm advisory network must focus on, to ensure that […]

Co-Ops Need To Start Working On Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said that co-ops owe it to their suppliers to reflect in their May milk price decisions the 4.8c/l increase in EU returns and the several points higher than expected 105.4 pts May PPI.   “The time for price cuts is now over. While cuts in supports by both Lakeland […]

IFA Sets Priorities On CAP Rural Development

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must deliver a well-financed and ambitious Rural Development Programme (RDP) in the forthcoming CAP negotiations – that was the clear message from the IFA National Rural Development Committee meeting.   As a first priority it is vital that the funding available in the current RDP is fully utilised, Rural Development […]

Government Must Fight Back Agains CAP Budget Cut

Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels. “The fundamental issue for farmers is the size of the CAP Budget. It is completely unacceptable that […]

EPA’s climate figures highlight urgency of increased climate and renewables action by Government – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has again restated IFA’s call on Government to introduce a robust climate activation programme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, particularly the increases from the transport sector. Thomas Cooney said, “The EPA’s figures published today represent a real call to action. While emissions from agriculture are expected to increase […]

Flood Risk Management Projects Should Be Fast-Tracked – IFA

Attending the launch of the  Flood Risk Management Plans in Athlone, IFA Flood Project Team Chairman Padraic Joyce said the progress was welcome, but farmland impacted by flooding has to be part of the plans.   The CFRAMS cannot focus on urban areas alone and has to be extended to provide flood risk management plans […]

Minister Creed Ignoring Sheep Farmers By Imposing Compulsory Electronic Tagging – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed on the imposition of compulsorily electronic sheep tagging on all sheep from October 1st is adding insult to injury after the fodder crisis and the financial challenges sheep farmers have had to endure this winter.   He said it is astonishing that Minister Creed […]

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